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10:25 AM ET, January 12, 2018

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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries in Oval Office meeting  —  President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part …
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New York Times:
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from …
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Mar-a-Lago, Trump's exclusive club, reportedly hires more of its seasonal foreign workers from Haiti than it does from nearly any other country  — President Donald Trump reportedly stunned lawmakers Thursday when he asked, “Why do we need more Haitians” in the United States
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president  —  The past seven days have matched some of the Trump era's most frantic and maniacal weeks.  Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff's Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall.com and CNN
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”  —  How the DC paper and other media outlets covered President Trump's “shithole” remark.  —  Profanity is a tricky thing for newsrooms.  Many publications and broadcasters, clinging to sensibilities that they deliver …
Paola Chavez / ABC News:
Trump defends ‘tough’ language used in DACA meeting after ‘s—hole countries’ comment  —  In the wake of a firestorm sparked by President Donald Trump's Thursday comments slamming immigrants from ‘s—hole’ countries, the president weighed in on Twitter today, appearing to defend the “tough” language he used at an Oval Office meeting.
Discussion: IJR, CNBC, Washington Times and Politico
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:
From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage  —  OSLO — It was already past midnight on Friday when the news arrived in Norway: A day after meeting with Norway's prime minister in Washington, President Trump told members of Congress that the United States needed more immigrants …
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations
Wall Street Journal:
Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal  —  President Donald Trump sat down for an interview Thursday morning with four reporters from The Wall Street Journal: Rebecca Ballhaus, Michael C. Bender, Peter Nicholas and Louise Radnofsky.
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
JUST when you thought things were calming, TRUMP's THURS was wild from wire to wire — POTUS says he won't go to UK embassy opening because of bad Obama deal, but BUSH cut the deal — DINA POWELL's going away party  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A HEADLINE TRUMP WON'T LIKE — “Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview  —  President cites a positive relationship with nation's leader; also accuses Steve Bannon of betrayal  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea's leader despite …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Axios
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Facebook drastically changes News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers)
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Donald Trump visit to London called off amid fears of mass protests  —  President will not now open new US embassy next month, with secretary of state Rex Tillerson likely to take his place … Donald Trump has backed off the idea of visiting Britain next month to open the new US embassy in London amid fears of mass protests.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior  —  Barack Obama's advice on the presidency: Watch your behavior — because everyone else is watching it, and taking cues from it.  —  “One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did — was part of your ability …
Discussion: Axios and Washington Free Beacon
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
John Lewis: Trump administration ‘is a major setback’ for the nation, world
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘Five white guys’ leading DACA talks should open a ‘hamburger stand’  —  Her No. 2, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, called the Californian's comments ‘offensive.’  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi complained Thursday that immigration negotiations are being led by “five white guys” …
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Experts call for Trump physical to include mental health exam  —  More than 70 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals are urging President Trump  —  's physician to examine the president's mental health when he conducts a routine physical on Friday, according to a Politico report.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
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Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Will President Trump's Physical Show That He's Obese?
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Vox
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Time to Say It: Trump Is a Racist  —  When it comes to President Trump and race, there is a predictable cycle.  He makes a remark that seems racist, and people engage in an extended debate about whether he is personally racist.  His critics say he is.  His defenders argue for an interpretation …
Andrea Mandell / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer unless he was paid  —  Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Russia's Oligarchs Brace for U.S. Report Listing Putin Friends  —  Congress gave Jan. 29 deadline for Treasury to submit list  —  List does not impose sanctions, parts may remain classified  —  The U.S. Treasury Department is finishing its first official list of “oligarchs” …
Washington Post:
Trump's ‘ping-pong’ on surveillance law sets off a 101-minute scramble … At 6:46 Thursday morning, Andrew Napolitano — a Fox News Channel personality and supporter of President Trump — opined about a critical government surveillance program on “Fox & Friends,” the show that is part alarm clock …
 
 
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Jenny Hill / BBC:
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump's Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes.
Discussion: Splinter
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch: Top intel Republican can't name a single falsehood in the Trump-Russia dossier
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
New Yorker:
Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump